Plait (pronounced "play") is a command-line jukebox and music player front end. It understands brief, easy to type queries that pick a single song, mix queries that combine works from multiple artists, stream queries that find Shoutcast radio streams, and everything in between.
A variety of filters are available to pick just the music you want to hear. In order to actually play the music it finds, Plait automatically hands off a play list to one of the supported music players (or you can use it manually with any player that supports .m3u playlists). The end result is that you can type commands like.
plait "miles davis" not "in a silent way"
plait --mix mingus monk metheny --tracks 20 --stripe
plait --stream salsa
plait --mixfile punk –interactive
and Plait will seek out cuts from your library, or radio streams, and play them in your music player. Plait uses UNIX as a compatibility layer to target X Window, Windows with Cygwin, OS X, and the UNIX console.
Plait includes a playlist optimizer that balances the number of cuts selected from each source, reorders cuts according to one of several patterns, and selects cuts that are suitable for the target device you specify. By repeating elements in the query you can weight the balance in favor of a particular artist.
Plait works with all kinds of music players, from mpg123 to Beep Media Player. For those who use command-line players like mpg123, Plait includes a command-line front-end, Plaiter, which adds play, pause, stop and other commands, plus queuing, to mpg123 and similar programs. Plait plus mpg123 is a complete music solution for command-line junkies.
Plait can generate complete web sites containing embedded MP3 playlists, complete with album art, using the XSPF Web Music Player (http://musicplayer.sourceforge.net).
For a quickstart, click on the download button and follow the Install Guide for Plait.
The README for Plait will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Plait, the command-line jukebox and music player front-end.
There is also a README for Plaiter, the command-line front end to command-line music players. Plaiter is a subproject which was designed to be the perfect command-line music player for Plait. It combines helper applications like mpg123 and ogg123 into a general purpose command line music player.
Feb. 22, 2009: The code has moved into Sourceforge-hosted revision control. A small number of slots are available with write access, so get in touch if you are interested in contributing patches or maintaining Plait.
Feb. 16, 2009: Due to a lack of spare time and because the interesting ideas I had for Plait would be more useful in new projects that are a little more relevant, active development (by me) is over. If you have an interesting idea for a new feature, it can be contributed in the form of a patch but not as a feature request.
Sep. 14, 2008: Release 1.6.2: maintenance release. Another instance of the security flaw fixed in 1.6 was found, so the codebase was reviewed for all uses of temp files. This release should be free of all temp file vulnerabilities.
Aug. 30, 2008: Release 1.6: fix for a major security flaw, mplayer support, and Busybox support so you can run it on a network storage device or an Internet tablet.
July, 2008: Hey! Plait has been added to Debian.
Oct. 9, 2006: Release 1.5.2 introduces a new installer.
Sep. 4, 2006: Release 1.5.1 fixes many minor bugs in the XSPF web publishing feature.
Aug. 31, 2006: Release 1.5 adds support for XSPF Web Music Player.
June 6, 2006: Release 1.4.2 adds minor feature enhancements.
Apr. 26, 2006: Release 1.4.1 fixes two bugs in Plaiter
Apr. 25, 2006: Release 1.4 adds interactive mode.
Mar. 27, 2006: Release 1.3 adds support for amaroK and Beep Media Player.
Feb. 21, 2006: Release 1.2 adds a playlist optimizer.
Jan. 16, 2006: Release 1.1 adds support for iTunes on Cygwin.
Dec. 26, 2005: Release 1.0 stable fixes a minor bug.
Nov. 14, 2005: Release 0.99, the first beta release, adds pass-through commands like play, pause, and next track.
Oct. 25, 2005: Release 0.55 introduces Plaiter, the command-line front end to command-line music players.
Oct. 11, 2005: Release 0.54 adds support for Linux.
Oct. 2, 2005: Release 0.53 adds support for complex queries against the Shoutcast directory.
Sept. 21, 2005: Release 0.52 adds support for mix files. See the documentation for details.
Sept. 16, 2005: Release 0.51 is a minor bug fix for iTunes.
Sept. 9, 2005: Initial public release.
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